2019 NIT championship, bracket, scores: Texas claims title after taking down Lipscomb in New York
It's the Longhorns first NIT championship since 1978
The Texas Longhorns are champions again. Shaka Smart's squad took down Lipscomb, 81-66, on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden to capture the NIT crown for the first time since 1978.
Dylan Osetkowski carried the Longhorns in the game with 19 points and 11 rebounds, his first double-double since January. He was one of four Texas players to reach double figures in points against the Bisons, who simply had no answers for the Longhorns' stifling defense. Kerwin Roach, who returned from a second suspension this year in the Big 12 Tournament, added 16 points, 9 assists and five rebounds. He also threw down a ridiculous 360 dunk to close things out.
Texas (21-16) took down South Dakota State, Xavier, TCU and now Lipscomb to claim the tournament crown as a No. 2 seed.
For Lipscomb, it's a bittersweet end to a terrific 29-8 season. The Bisons won the Atlantic Sun regular-season championship but were upset by Liberty in the conference tournament finals. While they were one of the final teams left out of the NCAA Tournament field, the run to the NIT title game is no small feat.
The Bisons defeated No. 4 seed Davidson, overall No. 1 seed UNC Greensboro and No. 2 seed NC State to advance to the semifinals.
For a complete look back at everything that happened during the NIT, take a look at our results below.
Madison Square Garden -- Thursday
No. 2 Texas 81, No. 5 Lipscomb 66
2019 NIT first-round results
2019 NIT second-round schedule
Upper Left Bracket
No. 5 Lipscomb 86, No. 1 UNC Greensboro 69
No. 2 North Carolina State 78, No. 6 Harvard 77
2019 NIT Quarterfinals
Higher seed hosts -- March 26-27
Upper Left Bracket
No. 5 Lipscomb 94, No. 2 North Carolina State 93
2019 NIT Semifinals
No. 5 Lipscomb 71, No. 6 Wichita State 67
No. 2 Texas 58, No. 1 TCU 44
Ten schools earned automatic berths by way of their regular season conference titles, and not being selected to the NCAA Tournament: Campbell, Harvard, Hofstra, Lipscomb, Loyola-Chicago, Norfolk State, St. Francis (Pa.), Sam Houston State, South Dakota State, Wright State.
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